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Blame game over Miguna Miguna ‘deportation’

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Lawyers representing Miguna Miguna and a section of NASA stalwarts as well as Jubilee-affiliated bloggers have begun a blame game as to who did not do enough to secure his release leading to his “deportation” to Canada by Kenyan authorities on Tuesday night.

Miguna was jettisoned from Kenya aboard a KLM flight hours after police defied orders by Justice Luka Kimaru that he be produced in court following his arrest on Friday last week. The Judge had released him on a Ksh 50,000 bond but police ignored the ruling.

Lawyer Edwin Sifuna stated on Wednesday morning that what had befallen the self-styled general was as a result of a legal team that failed to help him.

“We failed Miguna Miguna,” he tweeted.

But lawyer Nelson Havi, one of those who had been at the forefront in seeking Miguna’s release alongside Senior Counsel John Khaminwa, disagreed with Sifuna saying they had done the best for their Canada reroute client having visited nearly all the police stations to demand his release in vain.

Miguna was not presented in court past 7pm on Tuesday as the police kept Justice Kimaru and his lawyers waiting,  and while headed home, Havi and team learnt that the state had moved the lawyer from Industrial Area Police Station where he was being held to the deportation area at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. He was then put on a KLM flight to Canada with the government stating that Miguna had previously renounced his Kenyan citizenship.

“We want the Inspector General and the DCI boss punished by the court for disobeying court orders. We shall then match to the Supreme Court and speak to the Chief Justice on why he has been silent while the courts are being disregarded. Later we will all go to the IG’s office and protest our grievance,” said Havi, in an interview on Wednesday morning.

He terms the deportation as unconstitutional and a violation of immigration laws that his client had revoked his Kenyan citizenship in 2010 was state propaganda. It will now take a court order to have the revocation of Miguna’s passport overturned, in  deem hope that the state would abide to have him back to the country else he remains abroad.

“I want to disagree with Sifuna. We have done our best as a legal team; we moved to police and obtained court orders for the release of our client but those who have failed us are the law society of Kenya leaders. The society could not rise to our defense yet he (Miguna) is one of us,” lamented Havi.

NASA MP Babu Owino is among leaders who have hit out at Opposition legislators for doing very little to show solidarity with Miguna.

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“We as NASA Mps failed you our NRM General Miguna Miguna,kindly accept my apology,” he tweeted.

Blogger Robert Alai, who has lately shifted allegiance to Jubilee tweeted: “NASA MPs doesn’t see the need for SERIOUSNESS or URGENCY to address the revocation of Miguna’s citizenship? Even Miguna’s home MP is loudly quiet? NASA supporters, do you have representatives or what? Diek!!! Awuoro!!! #MigunaDeported.”

Justice Kimaru, who had ordered that Miguna be produced in court at 11 am on Wednesday and that no criminal case should be filed against him in any court in the Republic of Kenya, has now given Director of Immigration Services up to Friday to swear an affidavit as to why he took custody of him yet their was a court order to have him released.

He also ordered Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti to appear in person at 9 am to answer to contempt of court charges.

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Joseph Sosi is a reporter with Business Today. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Media Technology) degree from Maseno University. Previously, he was a sub-editor of Ureport and social media administrator at The Standard Group. He is passionate about politics, education and technology.
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